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British army Hermes 450 unmanned aerial vehicle reaches 30,000-hour milestone in Afghanistan.


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Sunday, 12 December 2010, 09:50 AM

 
British army Hermes 450 unmanned aerial vehicle reaches 30,000-hour milestone in Afghanistan.
 
 
The British Army's Hermes 450 (H450) unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) have achieved the outstanding milestone of providing over 30,000 hours of support to UK forces on current operations in Afghanistan.
     
The British Army's Hermes 450 (H450) unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) have achieved the outstanding milestone of providing over 30,000 hours of support to UK forces on current operations in Afghanistan.
A Hermes 450 unmanned air vehicle, operated by 32 Regiment Royal Artillery, in action in Afghanistan
Picture: Crown Copyright/MOD 2010
     

The H450 is operated and maintained by 32 Regiment Royal Artillery based at Roberts Barracks, Larkhill, Wiltshire.

H450 is a flexible system that can be used for a wide range of tasks from conducting reconnaissance prior to deployment into an area, and long-term pattern of life studies, to target acquisition and development.

Due to the success and continual demand for the H450, the theatre Unmanned Air Systems Battery will increase its ability to fly simultaneous missions, providing persistent, high-quality, day-and-night-capable full-motion video.

The system provides brigade headquarters with persistent intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance (ISTAR) via electro-optical and infrared sensors out to a range of 150km.

 

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